When it comes to traditional Christmas mince pies, many people wonder if there's a way to make them vegan and vegetarian friendly while preserving the rich and fruity flavour of the mincemeat filling. The answer is a resounding yes!
In this blog, we'll delve into the world of how to make mincemeat vegan friendly, exploring various recipe variations and techniques that still bring the essence of Christmas to your table.
Mincemeat, as you might know, traditionally contains suet, a fat derived from animal sources. In our vegan version, you can replace the suet with a plant-based alternative, typically using vegetarian suet, coconut oil, or vegetable shortening. These swaps are key to ensuring that the mincemeat stays true to its classic texture.
Vegan Mincemeat Recipe Variations
Whilst making your vegan mincemeat, it's essential to introduce the 'greens' in the form of fresh, finely grated green apples. These add a lovely tartness and freshness to the filling, along with moisture. They also act as a natural binder. It's crucial to strike the right balance, as too much can make the mincemeat too wet, while too little may result in a dry mixture.
Here's a simple mincemeat recipe that we have adapted from an old school friend given to me years ago, who enjoyed baking as much as I did..thank you Leigh!
DAIRY FREE CHRISTMAS MINCEMEAT
Quantity: Approx 2.5 lb
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 3 hours
1lb Cooking apples, peel, core, finely chop
8oz Vegetarian suet
8oz Whole mixed candied peel, finely chopped
12oz Soft dark brown sugar
2 Oranges, zest & juice
2 Lemons, zest & juice
2oz Blanched almonds, chopped
4tsp Mixed Spice
1/2tsp Ground nutmeg
Use as a mince pie filling
Core whole cooking apples, fill the centre & bake
With this vegan mincemeat, you can create moreish mince pies or use it in other festive desserts. I bake a lovely lemon sponge cake where you pour half the batter into a tin, add a layer of mincemeat and then top with the remaining sponge batter!
Remember though, the magic lies in experimenting and adapting the recipe to suit your tastes as you can’t really go wrong with this base recipe. Also if you are on a budget this Christmas you can switch all of the dried fruit ingredients out and replace with packets of mixed fruit. Super simple and cost conscious too.
In conclusion, creating vegan mincemeat is a delicious and compassionate way to celebrate the Christmas season. It allows you to enjoy the tradition of mince pies while adhering to your plant-based lifestyle. Get creative, tweak the recipe, and savour the delightful results.
Happy vegan baking and Merry Christmas!